7th October 2013
US: Two lawsuits against florist which refused service to gay couples’ weddings may be combined
3:59 PM — The county court in a US county will this week decide whether two separate lawsuits against a florist which refused service for a same-sex wedding will be combined.
Tory MP Helen Grant remains equalities minister but with extra responsibility for sport 4
3:44 PM — As part of today’s reshuffle, Conservative MP Helen Grant will remain as a junior equalities minister, but with the added responsibility of being Minister for Sport.
US Mormon Church: Equal marriage is ‘immoral’ in the eyes of God 43
11:36 AM — The leader of the American Mormon Church has restated its opposition to equal marriage.
4th October 2013
George Osborne compares equal marriage to the removal of slavery 37
5:33 PM — At this week’s Tory conference, Chancellor George Osborne told delegates that equal marriage “is a very powerful part of the Conservative story”.
US: Pennsylvania Governor compares same-sex marriage to incest 4
5:22 PM — The Governor of Pennsylvania has restated his opposition to same-sex marriage by comparing it to incest.
Vociferous equal marriage opponent Nadine Dorries to stand as deputy speaker 19
4:06 PM — Following the resignation of Nigel Evans, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, is to stand in the contest to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Scotland: Court hears how antiques dealer allegedly called gay teacher ‘paedophile’ 1
1:18 PM — The trial of an antiques dealer in Scotland, who allegedly branded a teacher a paedophile on Twitter for campaigning for equal marriage rights, has been adjourned.
Ministry of Justice to provide guidance on allowing gay weddings in shared churches 5
12:15 PM — As part of implementing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced a consultation on same-sex marriages taking place inside religious buildings owned by more than one faith group.
3rd October 2013
US: Equal marriage opponents praise New Jersey Governor for appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of it 7
8:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have called for a referendum on equal marriage in the US state of New Jersey, praising Governor Chris Christie for his persistence in appealing against a judge who ruled to say that banning equal marriage in the state was unconstitutional.
MSP John Mason: We don’t force doctors to perform abortions, so why make registrars marry gays? 51
7:01 PM — MSP John Mason believes civil registrars should be able to opt out of marrying gay couples in Scotland – in the same way doctors of faith can refuse to perform abortions.
US: Pennsylvania official compares equal marriage benefits to ‘giving money out to people’s pets’ 5
6:32 PM — An official in the US state of Pennsylvania has taken a financial stance in opposing equal marriage benefits for same-sex couples, comparing it to same-sex couples to offering "money out to peoples' pets".
Scottish Health Secretary: Registrars will not be forced to marry gay couples 56
3:07 PM — Scotland's Health Secretary Alex Neil has told MSPs that registrars who object to same-sex marriages will not be forced to carry them out.
Number 10 rejects Daily Mail report that David Cameron told activists he regrets equal marriage 14
12:59 PM — Downing Street has denied claims made in the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron told senior Tory activists at a private meeting that he made a “terrible” mistake over equal marriage.
US: Equal marriage bill to be introduced in Pennsylvania 1
12:35 PM — Two state lawmakers from Philadelphia are to introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Democrat members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will formally announce the introduction of the Pennslyvania Marriage Equality Act during news conference at 10am local time (3pm BST).
2nd October 2013
South Carolina National Guard changes benefit applications to federal offices due to equal marriage ban
7:39 PM — The National Guard in the US state of South Carolina has issued a benefit card to a same-sex couple, and is directing benefit applications to federal installations to avoid a conflict with a law banning equal marriage in the state.
Sister of Australian PM says he may be beginning to see equal marriage ‘in a slightly different way’ 8
4:25 PM — The sister of Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said he may be "shifting" his stance on equal marriage, despite conceding that he may never vote in favour of it.
Labour shadow minister who spoke out against gays marrying quits post 17
3:07 PM — Labour MP Rob Flello, who strongly criticised the decision to legalise equal marriage earlier this year, has quit his job as shadow justice minister.
US: Kentucky Attorney General defends equal marriage ban but admits it puts gay couples at disadvantage 1
1:28 PM — The Attorney General in the US state of Kentucky has defended the state's equal marriage ban, despite his office admitting that overturning it would grant equal legal protections to same-sex couples.
Comment: Does the US Congress represent LGBT Americans? 17
1:22 PM — Having undertaken an internship on Capitol Hill, British student Cai Wilshaw writes for PinkNews.co.uk on how America still has a long way to go when it comes to LGBT political representation and equality.
David Cameron praises gay tolerance in Tory conference speech 23
12:42 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron listed Britain’s acceptance of people who are gay as one of many reasons to be proud of the country in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.